I stopped in at Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I could not resist Shenanigans Summer Ale. Clean. Fresh. Easy-Drinking. Delightful. And the taproom is cool – I enjoyed playing tabletop shuffleboard.
I stopped in at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I decided to try St.. Gail Raspberry Honey Ale and Mango Lassi Milkshake IPA. I enjoyed both. Each was slightly fruity. The brewery/taproom is a really cool downtown space with plenty of room and various seating to enjoy by various size groups. Great vibe.
I stopped in at The Freehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed the deviled eggs and fried cheese curds appetizers with business colleagues. The shrimp tacos were an excellent dinner choice. All paired well with No. 1 Kolsch. Great food and great beer and a great atmosphere to enjoy both.
I stopped in at Surly Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. The brisket for dinner was fabulous. I paired it with Furious IPA and Hell lager. Both great pairs for the brisket. What a great restaurant and brewery.
I stopped in at BlackStack Brewing in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The clear choice on the beer list was Local 755, a New England Style IPA. Very fruit forward and not overly hoppy. The brewery and tap room are a great large space with plenty of areas to relax and enjoy a beer and a chat or a game with friends. I’m glad I stopped in.
I stopped in at Bad Weather Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I enjoyed the Hitched white grapefruit IPA and the Pineapple Wheat. Both had just enough fruit flavor to be interesting without being overpowering. The IPA was clearly more bitter and the wheat was more mild. Both wonderful beers and very drinkable. The environment at the brewery was hip and full of energy when I stopped by.
I stopped in at Barrel Theory Beer Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I wound up trying four beers. Robo Trippin is a tart cherry gose. Agua Fresca is a tropical fruit Berliner which I found to be delicious. Java Oats is a coffee stout and K3yb04rdW4rr10r is a delicious chocolate milk stout. I enjoyed all of these beers and the bartender was very kind to offer one of the stouts on the house.
I stopped in at Finnegans Brew Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. Although the bartender recommended the Cluster Truck IPA I decided to go with the Irish Ale and was not disappointed. I found this amber ale to be very easy to drink and a very tasty representation of this style. I enjoyed it while listening to live music which was really nice. Great beer and great vibe.
I stopped in at Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Saying I stopped in is really accurate because I got there just minutes before last call. I wanted to get in one more brewery stop before calling it a night. The bartender was quite helpful and suggested #4 (see list below) Sol Wild India Pale Ale. This may have been my first beer with wild yeast. It was delicious. I’ve been focusing on varieties other than IPA’s lately because I had been in an IPA rut a while back. This beer is on point. I love it. Very fresh. Citrusy without being resiny or fruity. Enough bitterness but not too much. Great beer.
And how about that tap backdrop. That’s art. Beautiful. I could have sat at the bar for hours just enjoying that and sipping all of their beers.
I stopped in at Modist Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What a cool place. And the beer was equally cool. The bartender recommended First Call cold press coffee lager. I’ve enjoyed a number of coffee beers lately. This was awesome. So smooth and flavorful. I wish I had time to sample some of the other beers but had to move on. They all sound delicious.